Cary advances to next stage with Metra station improvement project

Bidding, construction to come in 2018

CARY – The village of Cary is moving forward with the next phase of its Metra station improvement project.

The Cary Village Board approved a contract Tuesday with Muller and Muller Ltd. of Chicago for $151,438. The village previously contracted with Muller and Muller in January for up to $312,000 in design services.

Now that the design of the improved station is near completion, the village reached a deal with the same firm for procurement and construction services.

The contract has a 10 percent contingency for unforeseen changes in scope that could bring the maximum money spent on the phase up to $166,582.

Metra will step in to lead the procurement and construction phases. The village led the design phase.

Metra and the firm will handle the bid process, site observations, technical inquiries from potential bidders and overall management of the project.

A request for bids is anticipated to be issued by Metra this winter for a summer construction start, according to Metra’s latest estimates.

Substantial completion is expected in summer 2019, according to village documents. The multiyear schedule requires the expenses to be budgeted over two fiscal years.

The Cary Metra station improvement plan first was announced in November 2014. The station, which is more than 50 years old, will cost from $2.5 million to $3 million.

About $2 million will be covered by a federal grant that Metra obtained and announced in 2014 as part of its capital improvement plans.

The village is planning to build a fully enclosed building and ticket agency facility on the inbound side of the track, as well as to demolish the existing building on the outbound side of the tracks.

An added warming shelter will replace the current “windbreaks,” Metra has said.

The existing Cary station is unique in that it is on the outbound side of the tracks. Stations usually are on the inbound side. This project will relocate the station to the west side, or inbound side, of the railroad.

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